Cosmetic Ingredients: from the cosmetic to the human body and the environment
The aim and scope of this themed issue is to compile articles focused on useful analytical methods to determine cosmetic ingredients not only in cosmetic products but also in biological and environmental samples.
Nobody can doubt the increasing demand for cosmetic products. They may not have as many health implications as pharmaceutical products or food, but are chemical products that are used daily on skin, hair, nails and teeth.
Cosmetic products are regulated worldwide to ensure efficacy and user’s safety, so quality control is mandatory in order to guarantee that formulations comply with legislation. In addition to this, different cosmetic ingredients can be percutaneously absorbed into the human body, where they can be metabolized and bioaccumulated and/or excreted. Finally, many reports also provide evidence that cosmetic ingredients reach and are bioaccumulating in the aquatic environment, causing negative effects in living organisms.
Analytical techniques are, therefore, needed to:
- Ensure safe and legal formulation of cosmetic products
- Monitor the effects of cosmetics on human health
- Study the environmental implications of cosmetic ingredients
The submission deadline is 1 August 2012 – you can submit anytime before this date. Please state that your manuscript is for this themed issue, and remember that all submissions will undergo peer-review in the usual manner.